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Peak Park objects to turbine plan

Officials from the Peak District National Park have publicly objected to plans for a new wind farm.

The planning committee has told Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, on whose land the turbines will stand, they would "intrude visually".

The five, 125m high (410ft) machines would stand 2.6km outside the Peak park border at Sheephouse Heights Farm.

In a statement, developers Evelop UK said the turbines would provide power for up to 9,000 homes.

The statement continued: "It is envisaged that the wind farm will be in operation for 25 years.

"At the end of this period, the wind farm will either be decommissioned or a new application will be submitted."

Environmental impact

But Anne Ashe from the Peak District's planning committee said the wind turbines would affect the rural economy.

"Members of the committee felt that having five wind turbines at this location would have a dramatic effect on the wilderness on the edge of the national park.

"We do support renewable energy schemes... but we have to look at these applications... in this case we feel the impact would be too great."

Residents are able to submit their opinions on the proposals to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council who will make a final decision in early 2009.


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